PHOTO: Sheepscot Lake Courtesy Boat Inspectors

Sheepscot Lake’s Courtesy Boat Inspection (CBI) program was very successful again this year. The 2023 Courtesy Boat Inspectors, Addison Turner, Olivia Childs, Alex Reitchel. Sheepscot Lake remains healthy and free from invasive plants. (contributed photo)

PHOTO: Boys of summer

Pictured, from left to right, Noah Bechard, Eli Redmond, Lukas Stabins, Nathan Polley (YCC Director), Sam Worthley, and Grady McCormick. Sbsent from the photo was Noah Pelletier. (photo by Bailee Mallett)

On behalf of the China Region Lakes Alliance, kudos for the great work done by the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) during the summer of 2023. The YCC completed five LakeSmart projects on China Lake with additional work at the Cottages at China Lake, and also conducted work for the China Lake Association’s Erosion Reduction Campaign. The YCC also completed two other LakeSmart projects on Webber Pond.

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BULKING UP: James Poulin, of South China, snapped this Fritillary butterfly on a zinnia.

READY FOR TAKEOFF: Tina Richard, of Clinton, photographed this immature eagle on take off.

FULL BLOOM: Barbara Lawe, of Fairfield, captured this hydrangea in her flower garden, in full bloom.

PHOTO: Getting ready for some football

Waterville Youth Football team members Jackson Troxell and Tatum Vaughn, practicing at a recent clinic. (photo by Missy Brown/ Central Maine Photography staff)

PHOTO: Multiple winner

Club Naha student Matthew Christen, 12, of Benton, captured two first place wins and second place in the grand championship at the Amerikick International Martial Arts Championships, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (photo by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTO: Triple jump winner Larsen Ronco

Larsen Ronco, 12, of Oakland, took first place in hurdles, triple jump and 4×1 at the recent Youth State Track Meet, held in Augusta, on Saturday, August 12. He is a member of Winslow Summer Track. (photo by Galen Neal, Central Maine Photography staff)

Waterville rotary volunteers assemble backpacks

Volunteers from the Waterville Rotary Club recently participated in the Waterville Elks Lodge #905 “Tools to Thrive” Backpack Giveaway program. There were 600 backpacks packed with school supplies which are distributed to students in grades K-12. Hygiene bags for the students were also packed. From left to right, Hannah and Josie Bard, Peter Garrett, McKayla Palmer, Jeff Melanson, John Palmer, Cathy Langlais, Suzanne Uhl-Melanson, Michele Prince and John Dalton.

PHOTO: Learning the ropes

Landon Belisle, 12, of Waterville and Waterville Police Patrol Sgt. Jason Longley, during the Badges for Baseball Clinic, at Mini Fenway Park, in Oakland, on Thursday, July 27. “It was an exciting week! I loved getting to learn from former professional baseball players and college coaches. They had a lot of knowledge and taught me new skills to improve both on and off the field.” (photo by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTO: Group earns new martial arts ranks

Earning new ranks are, from left to right, Lane Irish, of Corrina, green belt; Brody Robbins, of Skowhegan, green belt; Lucia Lacroix, of Skowhegan, second level brown belt; Carlie Bertrand, of Troy, second level brown belt; Izzy Citro, of Waterville, first level brown belt. (photo by Mark Huard)

Golden Agers enjoy cruise of Moosehead Lake

Photo courtesy of Sheldon Goodine

On Friday, July 21, 2023, 17 members of the China area “Golden Agers” traveled to Greenville for a cruise on Moosehead Lake. It was a most enjoyable day with good food, good camaraderie, good fun and educational. They were given some history about the lake and the early settlers of the area. It just left them wanting to learn more. The next adventure will be to Cabbage Island for a clambake later in August. More fun ahead, come join them!

Photo courtesy of Sheldon Goodine

Photo courtesy of Sheldon Goodine

Photo courtesy of Sheldon Goodine